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China still harvesting organs from prisoners at a massive scale


A new report claims that China is still engaged in the widespread and systematic harvesting of organs from prisoners, and says that people whose views conflict with the ruling Chinese Communist Party are being murdered for their organs. The report — by former Canadian lawmaker David Kilgour, human rights lawyer David Matas, and journalist Ethan … Continue reading

China’s heating up twice as fast as the rest of the world


The average surface temperature in China has increased by 0.23°C (0.4°F) each decade of the last 65 years, said a Chinese government official—twice the average pace of warming everywhere else on the planet. This isn’t the first time the Chinese government has quantified the effects of global warming on its environment. However, today’s remarks are a … Continue reading

China is most at risk for Ebola outbreak because of Chinese workers in Africa


While international fears continue to rise as Ebola crosses international borders and continents, China still has not reported a confirmed case of the deadly virus. But Professor Peter Piot, the director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and one of the doctors who discovered Ebola hemorrhagic fever, said that it’s only a … Continue reading

Has China found the cure for Ebola?


A Chinese pharmaceutical company working with Academy of Military Medical Sciences (AMMS), a PLA-affiliated research institution, claims to have developed an experimental cure for the Ebola virus. An outbreak of the deadly virus in west Africa has become a global health crisis. According to the World Health Organization, as of October 12 there had been … Continue reading

Overgrown Beijing slaps new limits on industry in bid to cut smog


China‘s overgrown and smog-hit capital Beijing has passed new rules banning the expansion of polluting and resource-intensive industries, the local government said on Friday. In a list of restrictions published on its website (www.beijing.gov.cn), the municipal government said it would ban the further expansion of a wide range of industries, including food processing, textiles, construction … Continue reading

Chinese river mysteriously turns blood red overnight


A waterway in eastern China has mysteriously turned a blood red color. Residents in Zhejiang province said the river looked normal at 5 a.m. Beijing time on Thursday morning. Within an hour, the entire river turned crimson. Residents also said a strange smell wafted through the air. “The really weird thing is that we have … Continue reading

China: Beijing to enforce use of clean coal in anti-pollution drive


China‘s capital city, Beijing, will enforce the use of cleaner low-sulphur coal from August 1st in a bid to tackle the soaring levels of air pollution that frequently clog the country’s major cities, the official Xinhua media agency said on Saturday. Beijing will implement strict controls and targets for airborne sulphur from coal, Xinhua said, … Continue reading

Top executives refuse to work in China; slowing economy and pollution the main reasons


China‘s smog is making it harder for foreign firms to convince top executives to work in the country, the American Chamber of Commerce in Beijing said on Wednesday, offering some of the strongest evidence yet on how pollution is hurting recruitment. Some 48 percent of the 365 foreign companies that replied to the chamber’s annual … Continue reading

China report says $330 billion more to do fair share on climate; Official stance is developed nations must bear responsibility


China must increase spending on emission cuts and clean technologies by 2 trillion yuan ($330 billion) to do its fair share to halt climate change, a report by Beijing’s Central University of Finance and Economics said. It urged the government to raise money from carbon markets to fund investments. The report’s conclusion contrasted with China’s … Continue reading

Can China stop organ trafficking?


Guo Bin, a six-year-old boy from Shanxi province, in northern China, thought the sky had gone permanently dark when he woke up, one day this summer, bloody-faced and crying near his parents’ home. “We originally thought he had fallen down and smashed his face,” Guo’s father, a farmer, told a local television station. “We didn’t notice that … Continue reading

Opportunity glimmers through China’s toxic smog


As China’s smog levels crept past record highs in early December, the phone lines at pollution-busting kit maker Broad Group lit up with Chinese customers worried about hazardous pollution levels that have gripped China this year. China’s government is struggling to meet pollution reduction targets and has pledged to spend over 3 trillion yuan ($494 … Continue reading

China says world’s worst pollution has benefits


Commentaries by two of China’s most influential news outlets suggesting that an ongoing air pollution crisis was not without a silver lining drew a withering reaction on Tuesday from internet users and other media. In online commentaries on Monday, state broadcaster CCTV and the widely read tabloid the Global Times, published by the Communist Party’s … Continue reading

Is China really ready for the next influenza outbreak?


Reports on China’s recent response to the outbreak of novel influenza have reflected broad international satisfaction. While we share this satisfaction, we are nonetheless concerned that the international public health community overestimates China’s ability to effectively contain and control a future returning, or newly occurring influenza outbreak. The influenza virus – a leading cause of … Continue reading

Thousands of dead fish found in Chinese river after toxic spill


Thousands of dead fish have been found floating in a river in central China following a toxic spill, Xinhua news agency said on Wednesday, the latest in a series of pollution scandals to hit the country’s water supplies. Xinhua said 300 workers had dredged around 100,000 kilograms of dead fish from a 40-km (25-mile) stretch … Continue reading

Politics, cost of living push Hong Kong residents overseas


Prior to 1997, a flood of residents left Hong Kong’s shores, worried about what would happen when the former British colony returned to Chinese control. Now, more than 15 years after the handover, the number of people emigrating from the city has started to tick up again. In the first six months of this year, … Continue reading

China: Spending a penny could cost 100 yuan in Shenzhen


People with a poor aim are to be fined if they miss their mark when using public toilets in Shenzhen, officials said – provoking online derision over how the rule will be enforced. The penalty will apply to those who urinate outside the bowl of facilities in Shenzhen, although draft regulations did not specify a … Continue reading

In Hong Kong, inflation spooks the spirit world during China’s “Ghost Festival”


Comfort in the afterlife requires lots more ‘Ghost Money‘ – a $1 trillion bill. Deep in China’s spirit world, an inflation crisis is brewing that would give central bankers chills. For hundreds of years, Chinese have burned stacks of so-called “ghost money” for their ancestors to help ensure their comfort in the afterlife. The fake … Continue reading

China’s pollution reduces life span by 5.5 years


Air pollution causes people in northern China to live an average of 5.5 years shorter than their southern counterparts, according to a study released on Monday which claims to show in unprecedented detail the link between air pollution and life expectancy. High levels of air pollution in northern China – much of it caused by … Continue reading

China bird flu outbreak: 3 good, 3 bad and 3 very bad signs


Since the new avian flu strain H7N9 began appearing in China earlier this year, it’s infected over 100 people, killed 22, spread to five provinces plus Beijing and Shanghai and, as of Wednesday, is confirmed to have spread abroad to Taiwan. How worried should you be about this? How serious is the H7N9 outbreak? The simplest and … Continue reading

Hong Kong lawyer declared brain dead awakes after calls to pull plug


Lawyer Suzanne Chin is convinced that what happened to her four years ago is nothing short of a miracle. The mother of two was living and working in Hong Kong when she suffered a heart attack, was hospitalised in a coma and declared brain dead. The head of the intensive care unit, two neurologists and … Continue reading

Analysts split over report saying China ‘far healthier’ than America


A report by a top mainland academic institution that suggests China is in a far healthier state than the United States and will soon overtake the world’s only superpower economically has sparked controversy, with some analysts casting doubt on it. China’s “national health” has been better than that of the US since 2007, and its … Continue reading

Natural birth a tough sell in China’s caesarean boom


As an automatic piano chimed a wedding march, new mother Wang Dan walked down a red carpet towards a hospital room called the “White House”, minutes after giving birth in a candlelit water pool. The suite is adorned with an enormous rococo style sofa and a Mona Lisa portrait, and 28-year-old Wang, who gave birth … Continue reading

China’s top ten protesters listed by Tencent News


On December 30, 2012, Tencent News, a Chinese news website owned by China’s largest Internet service company Tencent, published a list of China’s 10 most important protesters in the past two years. Although the piece was soon censored on the Tencent News website, the introductory summary went viral on Chinese social media and the blogosphere. As soon as a … Continue reading

China bans some hospitals from raising more debt


China ordered county-level public hospitals to stop borrowing money after an audit showed some of them took on too much debt when upgrading facilities, according to a document seen by Bloomberg News. The National Development and Reform Commission, the finance and health ministries and the China Banking Regulatory Commission, requested banks stop issuing new loans and reduce … Continue reading

Ye Zilong breaks new ground as eye doctor to China’s poor


Famous eye doctor now heads three private hospitals, which offer free eye operations. A decade ago, Dr Ye Zilong was renowned for his ability to cure eye diseases. His patients included the wealthy, and distinguished government officials including former paramount leader Hua Guofeng, Mao Zedong‘s designated successor, who called Ye a “light bringer”. But when … Continue reading

Hunan Hospital Passed Water for Vaccine


Hong Kong’s Singtao Daily says, according to Hunan’s rednet.cn, a hospital in You County, Hunan Province was exposed to have deceived people by passing water for crystalli vaccine to be injected in children in order to make fraudulent money. The hospital charged 168 yuan (US$26) for an injection but injected water into the child after … Continue reading

Chinese official says lack of integrity is cause of food hazards


Ming Pao reports that Liu Peizhi, deputy director of the State Council Food Safety Office, says that lack of integrity is the root cause for food hazards, and that it is necessary to enhance integrity in society and build up a democratic legal system. He says failure to eliminate incidents of bad food such as … Continue reading

Hangzhou kidney trade centre


According to Ming Pao’s exclusive report, there is a major kidney trade centre in Hangzhou, China where youngsters queue for sale of their kidneys with the mindset of making quick money. Some of them plan to use the money to repay credit card debts, others, buy motorcycles, still others fund girlfriends business or support their … Continue reading

Bak choi found to be sprayed with formalin


Vegetable wholesalers in Shandong have been caught spraying toxic formalin on bak choi to keep them fresh in the latest food safety scandal to hit the mainland. Vendors in Qingzhou said that spraying diluted formalin on bak choi had become a common practice locally in the past three to four years, the Xiaoxiang Morning Post … Continue reading

South Korea ‘to target powdered human flesh capsules’ from China


South Korea says it will increase customs inspections targeting contaminated capsules containing powdered human flesh. The Korea Customs Service said it had found almost 17,500 of the capsules being smuggled into the country from China since August 2011. The powdered flesh, which officials said came from dead babies and foetuses, is reportedly thought by some … Continue reading

Dried fruit is hit by food scandal


Preserved fruit is the latest addition to the mainland’s expanding list of unsafe foods, after an investigation by state television found that some were processed in filthy factories and contained excessive additives. Preserved peaches were found packed in bags that had been used to hold animal feed, and hawthorn berries were soaked in a pool … Continue reading

Greenpeace finds tainted Lipton tea bags in China


Environmental advocacy group Greenpeace said on Tuesday that an investigation it had conducted found tea bags sold in China by Unilever‘s Lipton brand contained unsafe levels of pesticide residue, though Unilever said the product was safe and to standard. Greenpeace said in a statement that in March it randomly purchased several boxes of Lipton tea … Continue reading

Capsules Made of Toxic Gelatin, Another Food Scandal in China


Since the mass protests due to melamine milk scandal, the Chinese government, though imprisoning protest leader Zhao Lianhai, has begun to pay attention to the problems of poisoned food. In spite of that, lots of food scandals soon followed. The major ones were toxic bean-sprouts, pesticide-drenched green beans, milk tainted with leather-hydrolysed protein, dumplings made … Continue reading

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